"God I love this track," Denny Hamlin tweeted as his Joe Gibbs Racing team changed the engine in his No. 11 FedEx Toyota before Saturday's Happy Hour.
For Hamlin, it's just the latest stroke of bad luck. After winning the pole for last week's Cup race at Bristol, he was involved in an eight-car wreck with 52 laps remaining and injured his right thumb. Hamlin has a splint on his right hand to support the injury.
Of course, the wreck pales in comparison with the March 24 accident he endured at California Speedway involving Joey Logano. That one sidelined JGR's former alpha driver for four races.
Hamlin ran 24 laps in Friday's first practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway, then made several circuits in time trials before qualifying fourth for Sunday's Advocare 500. He was 21st-best in Saturday's second practice before his engine failed.
"It blew up on him coming off of (Turn) 4 on our last lap on the track, so he just limped around," crew chief Darian Grubb said to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio...